Thursday, August 26, 2010

Custodial dad will not serve jail time for locking son in feces-covered basement (Allen County, Indiana)

We've reported on custodial dad ERIC URBANO before. Note that there is still not one word of explanation as to what happened to this boy's mother, and why this father was allowed to subject this child to such horrible conditions. Note that even now, Daddy is getting the kid glove treatment and will not be serving jail time for locking this boy in a feces-covered basement while Daddy jetted off to Florida. Disgusting.


Neglectful dad will not serve jail time
Urbano on probation for leaving son in basement

Updated: Thursday, 26 Aug 2010, 2:00 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 26 Aug 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

Drew Blair
ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) - The man who locked his son in a feces-covered basement while he traveled to Florida was sentenced for the crime Thursday morning.

Eric Urbano, 38, will serve a six year suspended sentence, five years on probation as part of an accepted plea agreement. Urbano is also order to not have contact with his son until the child is 18-years-old.

He pleaded guilty in July to one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of neglect of a dependent.

Allen County Prosecutor, Karen Richards said the sentence is appropriate for everyone involved in the case.

"You have to weigh your need or want for revenge against what's in the best interest of the child," Richards said. "If the child is going to be more harmed by testifying in order to make all of us feel better that somebody gets a jail sentence then that's not justice. That's child abuse again."
Police found Urbano's son living in a Fort Wayne home on March 6, 2010, in the 1500 block of Spy Run Avenue with several animals, including five cats and dogs with feces in every room of the house.

The boy, whose age has not been released, told police that he had been locked in the basement every night since they moved into the home last fall.

Originally it was said that the father was vacationing in Florida at the time of the discovery. His attorney, Randy Fisher told NewsChannel 15 that Urbano had traveled to the state to finalize a divorce from woman who is not the boy's mother.

During the sentencing hearing, a portion of a letter written by Urbano's son was read to the courtroom. The boy wrote that his situation is "100 percent" improved and he now has his own bedroom and bathroom. Judge Frances Gull addressed Urbano following that letter stating "it is pretty pathetic" that that is the best thing his son can say to his father.

Urbano chose to speak during the hearing. He apologized to his son, "I'm sorry. I wish I could take it back but I can’t," he said.

The manner in which the victim will be cared for will be determined in family court.